Finished drawing of Jon Hopkins, producer of my favourite album of 2013, ‘Immunity’. I chose to do the portrait in a 12”x12” format as a personal alternative to the sleeve design used for the record (although I’m pretty partial to the existing image too).

Probably the most texturally complex piece I’ve worked on to date, plenty of detail and layering to get stuck into. 

This morning I also launched my brand spanking new website, which has kept me elbow deep in unfathomable CSS code for the past week or so. So take a look and help me break it in. 

www.rupertsmissen.co.uk

Its almost exactly a year since I started work on a Ray-Ban brief for Marcel, and last month the end product finally popped up in the Covent Garden store. 

The original brief went through a few iterations and alterations, beginning life as a completely different concept for a different model altogether, but I’m pretty pleased with the end result. 

The job ended up entailing a fair amount of technical drawing, something that I hadn’t done a lot of but really enjoyed getting to grips with, and forced me to restrain the photo-realistic approach I would usually take to this sorta stuff. I’ve included a couple of examples of my original drawings (for a different model entirely), and the first mockup of the poster I did as a super-tight rendering. The final even managed to involve my childlike chicken-scrawl handwriting…

The second image in my series of personal favourite producer/DJ/musicians, its Simon Green aka Bonobo. 

Bonobo’s ‘Black Sands’ was probably my album of 2010, and his pretty extensive back catalogue and brilliant boiler room mix (which had me obsessively collecting the tracklist up until the release of North Borders last month) went a fair old way to getting me through uni, keeping me, my pencils and my hoard of caffeinated beverages company.  Pretty pleased with this one, different flavour from the previous image, some leafage going on, made a nice change from bark/woodgrain. 

And you’ve gotta love the satisfaction of those clean masked edges, worth it every time :). 

A portrait of Michael Haneke, Austrian film director and persistent beard owner. As far as I can tell. I’ve seen two of his films, The White Ribbon and Funny Games. Though tough going at times, I loved the former, but despised the latter, which I guess that was in many ways the point. 
Anyway, Haneke’s most recent film, ‘Amour’ was released last week, and I hope to catch it soon. 

A portrait of Michael Haneke, Austrian film director and persistent beard owner. As far as I can tell. I’ve seen two of his films, The White Ribbon and Funny Games. Though tough going at times, I loved the former, but despised the latter, which I guess that was in many ways the point. 

Anyway, Haneke’s most recent film, ‘Amour’ was released last week, and I hope to catch it soon. 

Issue 8 of Popshot magazine is out, and I’m in it! Pretty excited about this one, been a real fan of the selection popshot puts out for a while now. 
That said, I will not be drawing a ball of yarn again in a hurry… not that I even managed to on this occasion. ‘Twas a slow process for sure. Still, think it was worth it. 
To see what I’m on about, you can check out a few sample pages on their site, www.popshotpopshot.com. 

Issue 8 of Popshot magazine is out, and I’m in it! Pretty excited about this one, been a real fan of the selection popshot puts out for a while now. 

That said, I will not be drawing a ball of yarn again in a hurry… not that I even managed to on this occasion. ‘Twas a slow process for sure. Still, think it was worth it. 

To see what I’m on about, you can check out a few sample pages on their site, www.popshotpopshot.com

'I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.' - Woody Allen. 

I love that line… Having one of the most instantly recognisable faces in show business actually made Woody Allen surprisingly difficult to draw. There were definitely points where, like drawing a self portrait, I found myself drawing what I thought he looked like, and not what my reference was telling me. I know this isn’t exactly an artistic revelation, but I noticed it more on this drawing than perhaps on any other. 

'I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.' - Woody Allen. 

I love that line… Having one of the most instantly recognisable faces in show business actually made Woody Allen surprisingly difficult to draw. There were definitely points where, like drawing a self portrait, I found myself drawing what I thought he looked like, and not what my reference was telling me. I know this isn’t exactly an artistic revelation, but I noticed it more on this drawing than perhaps on any other.